Make money on Ebay - Add Ebay Listings to your Wordpress Blog - Stevie Tee

Make Money on Ebay – Add Up to Date Ebay Auctions to your Website

Ebay Partner Network.jpgOk that title is a little bit misleading, I don’t really mean the top 10 ebay products – what I actually mean is the 10 products ending soonest – does that make sense? Let me show you what I mean. Here is an example of one of my neglected sites for the Xperia Play Smartphone, if you look at the sidebar you will see a single column of Xperia Play phones available for sale on eBay.

Now, eBay is a little different from traditional affiliate marketing, in that they pay out per click and not per sale. You send the traffic to eBay and they pay you for every click you generate – much like Adsense, but much more flexible. Don’t get too excited though, because ultimately you have to send them traffic that converts – don’t expect to be able to send traffic to ebay and not have them buy anything and ebay will still pay you – they operate something called Quality Click Pricing, which means that your CPC will fluctuate depending upon how much value you generate for them. I have 2 accounts and one of the CPC is a rock solid 7p a click while on the other the CPC is all over the place ranging between 3p and 20p a click depending on how many sales I’m making over the course of a month.

Now before we go any further let me make it clear I am going to assume you know a little bit about wordpress and how to edit the themes and are comfortable with hacking up some php code.

Still Here? Ok lets go…

Applying for the ebay Parter Network (as its known) is a little bit of pain, you can sign up here, and you have to meet the following requirements:

  • You own and operate the website for which you are applying to promote eBay.
  • The website is functioning, relevant for promoting eBay, and has unique or value-added content or functionality that will drive incremental purchases on eBay.
  • You are in compliance with the eBay Partner Network Agreement and Code of Conduct.
  • You have a working phone number and a valid PayPal account or bank account, which can receive direct deposits–you will need this payment information during the application process.

the working telephone number is important because they will phone you up to verify that you are who you say you are, and your site will be reviewed for compliance. I’ve been signed up for about a year and If I recall correctly it took almost 6 weeks for them to approve my second application. The first one was done quicker than that so maybe I was just unlucky the second time around.

However, once you are approved you can start to add affiliated links to your site, whether they be via banner or text link ads, or as you can see on my xperia play site a handy, constantly updating list of items related to your website topic.

So how do I do that? Well I implement a method similar to the top 10 amazon products described here, but this process is somewhat simpler:

Click here to open the code

Rather than attempt to clutter up the blog post with code as I did with the Amazon example its easier if you just click the above link and open the code sample in notepad.

This code is a complete php function which you can open and drop into your wordpress themes functions.php. Its not a wordpress plugin, although I could probably make it into one, but as it stands it can be included in non-wordpess sites too.

There are a couple of things to you will need to change as you would expect these are:

$appid = ”; // Replace with your own AppID (Click here to find out how to get your appid)

$query = ‘+widgets’; replace this with ‘+sports car’ or whatever you are promoting.

$apicall .= “&categoryId=[YOURCATEGORY]&paginationInput.entriesPerPage=6&sortOrder=EndTimeSoonest&trackingid=[YOURTRACKINGID]&trackingpartnercode=9&affiliateuserid=”;

Replace [YOURCATEGORY] with the category id of the product you are selling – You can find this in the Tools >> Link Generator menu option when you are logged in. Also you will need [YOURTRACKINGID] – The 10 digit number that is associated with your campaign to make sure you get credited for the clicks.

So now that that function is defined in your wordpress functions.php you all you have to do it invoke it. since you have read this far than I assume you are comfortable with installing your own themes and now how to edit them if needs be. That being the case open up your wordpress theme sidebar.php and add the following line of code:

<? ebayAdvanced(); ?>

Once that’s in place you need to grab this piece of code, rename it as ebay.php, fill in your campaign and publisher id and drop it into your root directory.

And that’s it you should be good to go and you will make money on ebay without selling a blooming thing.

The hardest part of the whole process is sorting out your appid from your campaign id from your publisher id. But if you sign up and have a look around, get a feel for what you are doing by adding a few manual links it shouldn’t be too tricky.

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